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Our next information evening for potential volunteers is at 7.30pm on Wednesday 10 January 2017
Exeter Samaritans - who we are
Exeter Samaritans held its first meeting to recruit volunteer listeners in November 1963 - one of the first out-of-London branches, set up some 10 years after the national organisation was founded by the Reverend Chad Varah.
Exeter Samaritans’ telephone number ‘went live’ in 1964 and by 1970 there were 1,800 annual ‘contacts’ from people by telephone or face-to-face.
By 1975 contacts had increased to 6,865. The local branch increased in geographical size to cover parts of Devon as well as Exeter, larger premises were used and at different times the local branch had a city centre charity shop and its own caravan.
In 1992 a Listeners team was created in Exeter Prison where prisoners are trained by Samaritans to support their peers - a vital part of our activities that still thrives today.
In 1999 we moved to our current Richmond Road premises, as the charity began to respond to callers by email and more recently SMS text messages as well as the original telephone and face-to-face.
There were a remarkable 42,142 contacts between the public and the Exeter, Mid and East Devon branch during 2015 - 33,661 telephone calls, 3,058 emails plus 4,478 SMS texts.
Samaritans Of Exeter Mid And East Devon, a charity registered in England & Wales (1165042).
Samaritans Of Exeter Mid And East Devon is a recognised branch of Samaritans.